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We made it!

If anyone ever told you that moving was easy they were lying… or either had people come in and pack and unpack everything for them.  Moving is exhausting and time consuming.  Moving makes you never want to move again.

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A little over a week and a half ago we made the big move from Birmingham, AL to Collierville, TN.  Even though Michael Luke had been off of work for over a week before the big day we didn’t have much time to pack because we spent a good bit of it in Nashville at Thrive, an essential oils leadership conference. It made things hectic but it was nice for the two of us to have a few days together at the Gaylord Hotel and get to know our wonderful team better.

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We got back from Nashville with two days left to pack.  It was CRAZY.  That’s pretty much the only way I know how to describe it.  The movers were scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning at eight and we were going late into the wee hours of the morning Tuesday night.  The movers were on time but the original 20′ U-Haul we had ordered looked like it wasn’t going to be big enough so most of the morning was spent trading it in for a 26′ long U-Haul.  Michael Luke and I spent the entire morning trying to finish up the last bit of packing.  You know those random things that you just don’t know what box they go into?  Yeah, it made for lots of fun.

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I ran out to get our last meal in Birmingham from Blackwell’s our neighborhood pub and bar (I’ll have more about our neighborhood in a future post) and we dined in high fashion picnic style on the floor.  That’s the way we roll.  Literally, out of Birmingham. The girls and I had to leave shortly after that because we had to make it to Collierville before the offices at our apartment closed.  I loaded up on NingXia Red and NIngXia Nitro for energy and focus… because sleep and moving don’t go together, took one last picture, and then left Michael Luke to finish up at the house before I started crying about leaving the home we brought both our girls home to.

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I seriously thought he would only be a couple hours behind me.  I mean it didn’t look like THAT much left to pack when we left BUT it was!!!  It was so much that he didn’t finish up until around two that morning.  And that was after the consensus that we would just pay someone to clean the house!

20150211_131457Thankfully, before hitting the road Michael Luke decided to sleep for a whopping hour and a half.  Meanwhile I was so exhausted in Memphis that I didn’t even notice that he had texted earlier in the night.  I woke up at 4:30 that morning and called just to make sure he was on the road because the movers on the Collierville side were scheduled to start unpacking us at eight that morning.  20150212_090147Oh, and our movers the day before were smart because we really did need that 26′ U-Haul. Every foot and inch of it!

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With the help of prayer and a some NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro he made it here safely and only an hour behind.  After being blessed the day before with some of the best movers you could imagine we and our furniture barely survived the “oh not so awesome” men of Fast Movers.  Don’t let that name mislead you though. They are anything but fast and are certainly not careful with your belonging.  At one point I was dispersing the boxes in our apartment quicker than the three of them were bringing the boxes to me. Uggh.

After surviving that experience we were exhausted and hungry so we treated the girls to some fine dining at our new local Chick-Fil A.  Later, we somehow we managed to get the beds put up before crashing that night.  ML was so displeased with the movers that he wouldn’t even let the guys set up our furniture.  It was aweful.

We recouped and spend much of last week unpacking. While it does go quicker than packing it is still slow.  All that remains now are a few boxes in the dining room and office and hanging all our artwork.  Hopefully, soon I can begin sharing pictures with you of our new place.  Have you ever had any horrible moving experiences?  Or good ones?

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Our First 2015 Adventure

Each year brings new and exciting adventures (like this and this back in 2014), and 2015 looks like it will have several in store for our family.

One 2015 adventure for us has been in the works for about six months now.  I would have shared it with you way back when, but then I would have needed to have posted revisions almost weekly to the original announcement.  Ok, so now that your curiosity is a little bit peaked, I’m sure you are thinking… “So what is this adventure?”

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We are moving!

Not like moving down the street or across town but moving away from Alabama.  Leaving Alabama makes us sad; and believe me, if we could just pick our little townhouse and neighborhood up and move it with us, we would.  Don’t think we haven’t thought about it.

So where are we going?  Well, after years of waiting and completely giving God a blank check with our lives… we basically just left if up to Him and told Him to lead us where he wanted us.  So over the course of a couple of years, he has repeatedly opened doors for us in Memphis.  There were too many connections and happenings going on for us to completely ignore it.  Finally, last summer we felt like God was calling us to Memphis.  As much of a relief as it was to finally know where God wanted us, next came trying to pin point specific areas in and around Memphis to live.  Talk about brain overload.  But leave it to God to open a few more doors and make that answer clear as well.  Whew!  At the beginning of February, our family will be moving to Collierville, TN.

Like I said earlier, the whole “moving” part has been in the works for the past six months.  After waiting years to hear from God about where he wanted us to move, we got really excited when we felt that he was leading us to the Memphis area.  One week, our excitement, along with a host of other things, would put us in full force “let’s move” mode. I’m talking packing boxes, prepping the house to sale, the whole works! And then all of a sudden it would hit us, and we would decide maybe we need to give this a few months.

It’s all complicated and confusing and to even begin to explain would take a host of posts, so I’ll spare you all the week to week details.  Sometime during the Fall, we gave up and just decided to give the whole thing to God.  No sooner than a day after doing this, another door opened in Collierville.  One we couldn’t ignore.  So we began to look at our timeline of events and knew that we needed to at least stay in Birmingham until after Esther’s surgeries… which pretty much took us to the end of the year.  We began making plans to move soon after the new year.

Last week, ML put in his resignation at St. Vincent’s East (one of the reasons we haven’t publicly shared the news before now). Tomorrow, our first truck load of moving boxes leaves for Memphis, and later this week, ML has several interviews lined up with hospitals in the Memphis area. To say the least, things are a little crazy. Which is why this project was put on hold until we relocate.

I’ll save a whole other post for our plans for relocating to Collierville.  In the meantime, I’m sort of an emotional momma. I packed up our Christmas decorations last week for the last time in this house.  Two nights ago, we removed my green rocking chair from the girl’s room upstairs.  I think I will miss that room most because that’s where I initially spent so much time with Noah and then with Esther.  Sniff. Sniff.

This coming weekend we will finish our preparations to put our house on the market.  What?  You thought we might have already done that?  We are procrastinators remember!  Besides, we had to get some of this extra furniture out of the house, so we could stage it properly.  I’ve been busy pinning all kinds of ideas to my Home Staging board on Pinterest.  In the meantime, follow us on Instagram as we begin to include you on all the packing adventures and trips down memory lane.

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